at Capital Hotel London
The Capital hotel has long been one of London’s best kept secrets – an intimate, stylish hotel tucked between Harrods and Sloane Street and a stone’s throw from both the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hyde Park – and Nina’s premises on Walton Street. It is also home to Outlaw’s, the excellent fish restaurant named after the chef Jason Outlaw.
Nina was asked by Kate Levin, daughter of the owner, David Levin, to update the interiors – the third time that she has done so since the 1970s. This is a great example of how a space can be transformed without completely stripping it bare; Nina worked with the existing elements in the room, including the panelling, dining chairs and a magnificent chandelier.
This time, Nina decided to remove the curtains and to replace them with blinds, filling the space with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Chairs were re-covered and the chandelier cleaned and lowered, to make the most of its glimmering presence.
The generous use of mirror ensures that the natural light is maximised. The gastronomic theme of the menus was alluded to in screen prints of seahorses in a metallic finish. The changes injected a new mood into the restaurant that is glamorous, contemporary and perfect for enjoying the culinary delights created in the kitchen.